All of our fall 2014 books have launched and it’s great to see our authors receiving positive reviews across the country. Elaine McCluskey’s Hello, Sweetheart was reviewed by Steven W. Beattie in the National Post this week and he says,
“The stories in Hello, Sweetheart are barbed and frequently sardonic – one of the best of them, “Two Truths and a Lie,” contains a twist in the tail that owes more to Roald Dahl than the kind of story Barthelme was referencing.But McCluskey also threads a vein of compassion through the collection; these are not satires, and no matter how desperate the characters are, they are always presented with a tone of empathetic understanding. “People can be wretched, you know,” McCluskey writes in “XOXO,” and though the stories in Hello, Sweetheart go some way to bearing out this thesis, they also remind their reader of the humanity that lies just beneath the wretchedness.”
Meanwhile our latest teen fiction release, Guardian, has a glowing review in the December 2014 edition of Quill & Quire. Charis Cotter says that this first installment of Deen’s latest series is “a great hybrid of horror and mystery (think Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets Veronica Mars), with oodles of potential for humour and terror – and Deen gets the most out of both.” Ms. Cotter goes on to note “underneath all the fun, Deen has something important to say about bullying, and how understanding and compassion can lead to forgiveness.”
Congratulations to all of our authors on their success. We hope you consider all of the titles on our list this holiday season!
Jan Andrews makes Forest short list
Great Plains Teen Fiction is honoured to announce that Jan Andrews has been shortlisted for the Ontario Library Association’s Forest of Reading prize. Jan’s novel, The Silent Summer of Kyle McGinley, is one of 10 novels selected from across the country for the White Pine Award.
The Silent Summer of Kyle McGinley is written from the point of view of Kyle, a young teen who finds himself at the novel’s start moving into his latest in a long line of foster homes. He takes a vow of silence – if no one listens, what’s the point of talking? But during his first summer on Scott and Jill’s farm, with the help of a crow, a swamp and some black paint, Kyle wonders if maybe his life could be better.
Fall List Launches
Our fall list is hitting the shelves!
You can find our Enfield & Wizenty titles (Hello, Sweetheart and The View From The Lane) at your favourite local shop now (if it hasn’t arrived yet, be sure to request a copy to ensure the store has placed their order.) Natasha Deen’s spooky teen novel, Guardian, has also left the presses.
Mark your calendars for these launches in a city near you!
October 29th – Matthew Komus launches Haunted Winnipeg in McNally Robinson, while Elaine McCluskey launches Hello, Sweetheart in Dartmouth at the Banook Canoe Club.
October 30th – Deborah-Anne Tunney launches The View From The Lane at The Cube Gallery in Ottawa.
November 12th – Mike On Crime launches at McNally Robinson. Don’t miss your chance to meet Mike McIntyre and hear about his 20 years covering crime in Canada.
Natasha Deen is busy touring to schools across Alberta over the next few months. To find out where she is headed, or to learn more about the launches above, please email email@example.com.